What is another word for startling?

358 synonyms found


[ stˈɑːtlɪŋ], [ stˈɑːtlɪŋ], [ s_t_ˈɑː_t__l_ɪ_ŋ]

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How to use "Startling" in context?

When one thinks of the word "startling," the images that usually come to mind are ones of sudden, shocking violence. Fireworks going off in a crowded night sky, for example, or a crashing car full of screaming people. These are all events that can be startling, and can leave us feeling physically unsettled.

But what about something that takes place in the abstract? Something that doesn't involve physical contact at all?

An example of this kind of startling event is a mathematical theorem that is seemingly paradoxical.

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